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The hoodie. Goedkope Air Max Dames . The skirting of the rules. The dashing quarterback with the model wife.Oh, and all that winning.Theres no getting around it, the New England Patriots sure are annoying.The team everyone loves to hate just wont go away, claiming a spot in the AFC championship game for the ninth time in the last 14 years — a run that very well could be the most remarkable in NFL history.When the Patriots host Indianapolis on Sunday, essentially everyone outside of that little nook in the top right corner of the United States will be pulling against them.Some of that animosity is natural for any team that wins over and over again. The rest can be traced to the mood set by their hoodie-wearing coach, Bill Belichick, whos about as warm and fuzzy as a honey badger.Any city you go to, the people they dont like are usually New England because theyve been good for so long, Colts punter Pat McAfee said. You want to be the team thats not liked by other teams, because it means youve been good for a long time.Well, lets take a break from the hate and appreciate what the Patriots have accomplished since the opening of the 2001 season, when George W. Bush was just a few months into his first term as president and the horror of 9-11 was still 48 hours away.Fourteen straight winning seasons. Thirteen years with double-digit wins. Twelve playoff appearances. Five AFC championships. Three Super Bowl titles. The only perfect regular season since the NFL went to a 16-game schedule.Those feats would be impressive in any era, but they really stand out against the backdrop of salary caps and free agency.Simply put, the Patriots are the best franchise in all of football, maybe all of sports.Youre just excited for the opportunity to be able to do it, said Tom Brady, taking a break from lording over us that hes married to Gisele Bündchen and can cut his hair any way he likes and still look better than we do. Its hard to do and our team found a way to get there this year, so hopefully we can take advantage of the opportunity.If the Patriots go on to win their first Super Bowl in a decade, they should go down as the greatest dynasty of them all.If not, theyre still in the same ballpark as Vince Lombardis Green Bay Packers, Tom Landrys Dallas Cowboys, Chuck Nolls Pittsburgh Steelers and Bill Walshs San Francisco 49ers.Consider these numbers, provided by STATS:— The Patriots are tied for the fifth-longest stretch of winning seasons in NFL history. The Cowboys have the longest run (20 in a row from 1966-85) but didnt have to deal with free agents or a cap, which have undoubtedly levelled the playing field. In fact, only one team on the list with 14 or more (San Francisco, 16 straight from 1983-98) overlaps at all with this epoch in the pro game.— New England has missed the playoffs only twice in the last 14 years, both times edged out on tiebreakers. The 2008 team went 11-5 (with backup quarterback Matt Cassell running the offence, no less, after Brady went down with a season-ending injury) to become one of only two teams that failed to make the post-season with that many wins.— During its run of winning seasons, the only team to put together a streak even half as long was the Peyton Manning-led Indianapolis Colts, who ripped off nine straight from 2002-10. The Green Bay Packers, currently on a streak with six in a row and playing Seattle in the NFC title game, are next on the list.Granted, New England is a sneaky bunch, not afraid to bend the rules (or, in the case of Spygate, break them).But the primary reasons for the Patriots success are simple: They draft better than everyone else, they manage their roster better than everyone else, they game-plan better than everyone else, they coach better than everyone else.Colts quarterback Andrew Luck summed up what its like to go against New England.They do a great job of taking away your strengths, he said. They are not going to let you get easy yards, easy first downs, easy points. Every down is a chess match, a battle.Of course, dont expect the joyless Belichick to provide any perspective on what it all means.Right now, I dont really care about any of the other games — last week, last year, 10 years ago, whatever it was, Mr. Grumpy said this week. All our focus is on the Colts, and weve got to do a good job with our preparation for Indianapolis. Weve got to execute well and weve got to coach well and weve got to play well. Thats our challenge.OK, haters, we know what youre thinking.No way were going to appreciate a curmudgeon who gives answers like that.Well, swallow hard, take a deep breath, and repeat after me:The hoodie rules — no matter how annoying.___Paul Newberry is a national writer for The Associated Press. Write to him at or on Twitter at Sports Writer Howard Ulman in Boston and Michael Marot in Indianapolis contributed to this report. Air Max 2017 Zwart . -- Michael Bennett gambled last off-season that playing on a one-year deal in Seattle would pay off in the future with the long-term contract he always wanted. Nike Kaishi 2.0 Br . But history aside, theyre still happy to participate in the Par 3 contest, traditionally held on the day prior to the first round of the Masters. .C. -- Jackson Whistle made 26 saves for his first shutout of the season as the Kelowna Rockets blanked the visiting Lethbridge Hurricanes 5-0 on Saturday in Western Hockey League action. VANCOUVER -- Nicklas Jensen is likely not being sent back to the minors any time soon. The Vancouver Canucks rookie helped keep his teams flickering playoff hopes alive Wednesday night as he scored the only goal his team needed in a 2-0 victory over the Nashville Predators. It was Jensens third goal in four games, and also just the third of his NHL career. The Danish rookie has only played seven games this season since being promoted from the Utica Comets of the American Hockey League because of injuries to forwards Daniel Sedin and Ryan Kesler. "Its huge," said Jensen of his high-scoring ways. "Its tough to know what to expect when you get up here. The way weve been playing, its been really well. "So Im happy with it. We just need to keep it going and play this way." Jensen and Alex Edler scored one minute 13 seconds apart in the third period to break open a scoreless affair. The Canucks (32-30-10) posted their fourth win in seven games, but remained in 10th place while pulling within three points of eighth-place Phoenix. The win was timely because the Canucks remained a point up on the Winnipeg Jets, who beat Colorado earlier Wednesday night. Nashville (29-31-10) is in 12th place, dropping five points behind the Jets. Vancouver goaltender Eddie Lack made 30 saves for his fourth shutout of the season -- tops among NHL rookies -- as the Predators enjoyed a 30-22 edge in shots. "Im the first one to say I havent got to my best games so far and it feels good coming out with a shutout tonight for sure," said Lack, who has inherited the No. 1 role following Roberto Luongos trade to Florida. Jensen finally opened the scoring as he picked up a loose puck while Nashville defenceman Seth Jones was checking Henrik Sedin, and then roofed a shot over Nashville goaltender Carter Huttons outstretched glove. "Henrik got the puck," said Jensen. "It was kind of scrambling and bobbling on his stick and he somehow he found a way to slide it over to me, and I just tried to release it and put it on net. "The guy (Henrik Sedin) can do a lot of things a lot of guys cant do. Thats also why hes so unique and one of the best players in the world. "When I came up here and heard that I could play with him, I knew I was gonna be ready." The 21-year-old Jensen, Vancouvers top draft choice in 2011 (29th overall), is proving himself at the NHL level in his first full season in North America. He was returned to the Ontario Hockey Leagues Oshawa Generals after he was drafted, and then split last season between a Swedish team and Vancouvers former Chicago Wolves AHL affiliate. Along he way, he has battled injuries and inconsistency. But he is proving himself to be a quick offensive study, with only nine NHL career games under his skates, after dressing for two last season. He is also impressing Canucks coach John Tortorella with his two-way play. "For a young guy, his positioning with the puck and without the puck, its really good," said Tortorella. The demanding Canucks coach said Jensen has thrived after starting slowly after his promotion. "I heard him say something wheere he really struggled early on, which he did, and then he just started getting some puck luck after that, and it just relaxed him," said Tortorella. Air Max 95. "He doesnt think about it. He just plays." Edler gave the Canucks a 2-0 lead on a power play as he slid a slapshot between Huttons outstretched leg and the right post. The goal came only five seconds after Nashville defenceman Victor Bartley was penalized for interference. The puck went in while the infraction was being announced over the public address system. The Canucks were playing their first game back home after a four-game road trip. The Predators completed their third straight series of back-to-back games within nine days. Accordingly, neither team could muster a goal in the first two periods. Tortorella said fatigue took a toll on his club. "I dont think we played that well in the first period. I dont think we won many battles. I thought, in the second period, we started winning some battles. a Going into the third period (it was) next goal wins." The Canucks did not get a shot on goal until 9:27 of the first period. Vancouver then enjoyed a spurt of offence, dominating with teams at full strength, but could not be Hutton. The Preds controlled play for the rest of the period, but could not beat Lack. The Canucks goaltender denied Gabriel Bourque from close range following an odd-man rush. Near the end of the period, Lack stopped Patric Hornqvist twice on one-timers that occurred within a few seconds of each other. In the second period, Hutton stopped Edler as he came out of the penalty box, took a pass and rushed down the right wing. Moments later, Hutton foiled Dan Hamhuis on a wraparound and Alex Burrows on the ensuing rebound. "I thought it was a pretty even game," said Nashville coach Barry Trotz. "Both teams had some looks and were just not scoring easy right now. The Preds were shut out for the ninth time this season as their playoff hopes grew slimmer. "Weve got to get some goals for our goaltender," said Trotz. Notes: The Canucks lost Burrows for a while after Jensens goal as he appeared to be slashed on the left hand by Preds captain Shea Weber as the puck went in. Burrowss glove came off on the play, but he was able to come back. Tortorella said Burrows will be evaluated Thursday. a Nashville centre Paul Gaustad was injured when Canucks defenceman Edler checked on a breakaway and proceeded to fall on him in the first period. Gaustad went to the dressing room and did not return. a Tortorella said defenceman Chris Tanev will be out three to four weeks with a broken finger suffered while blocking a shot Monday in Tampa Bay. If the Canucks miss the playoffs, he could be done for the season. No updates were given on injured centre Ryan Kesler and winger Daniel Sedin, who remain out indefinitely with undisclosed ailments. a Canucks centre Brad Richardson returned after missing seven games with an undisclosed upper-body injury. a Vancouver general manager Mike Gillis and his family donated $55,000 in conjunction with a local radio station to the teams charitable childrens foundation. 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